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The Preservation Of Ancient Egyptian Skeletons

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In searching for clues to the lives of the ancient Egyptians, experts – against all superstitious warnings of a curse – opened a tomb estimated to be roughly 2,000 years old. Inside, they found a grisly sight.There were ancient skeletons preserved in what appeared to be sewage. Presumably, both the contents and the sewage were as old as the tomb.

Of course, the scientists did not fall victim to the effects of any curse, but finding mummified skeletons certainly tells us that the Egyptians knew a thing or two about preservation.